So far this season Liverpool have lacked a creative spark going forward. The Reds have had to rely on the brilliance of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to see them over the line. Jürgen Klopp must sign defenders to give Liverpool the creative spark they need.
Whilst adding defenders to provide flair to your attack may sound counter-intuitive it would actually help Jürgen get the best out of his players.
At the minute Liverpool have one of the Premier League’s most creative playmakers playing in defence. Trent Alexander-Arnold was described by Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports as being like “Kevin de Bruyne at right back”. The Scouser came through the ranks at Melwood as a centre midfielder before being employed in defence in the first team.
The Reds also boast incredibly able attacking midfielders, we just haven’t been able to properly unleash them this season. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are both frightening prospects for any opposition back line, yet the gaffer has – until recently – kept them in reserve. He is likely to keep them back for Sunday’s key clash with Man City.
If Liverpool were to sign a right back to fill Trent Alexander-Arnold’s slot, the Scouser can fulfil his destiny as a centre midfielder. His passing range is phenomenal, he may be the best right back in the world but is he going under utilised?
If the Reds were to sign another defensive midfielder to operate in a double pivot with Fabinho, Klopp would be free to start his best attacking midfielders every game.
Jürgen Klopp must sign defenders to get the best out of his creative talents. At the moment we are having to restrict our flair players because of a lack of defensive reinforcements. Oxlade-Chamberlain has shown that he is at his goalscoring best but he is yet to be trusted to start in a crucial game. Alexander-Arnold has shown he has all the ability to play as a six or an eight but we don’t have the quality to cover his right back role yet.